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Consumed by Islamic State, Iraq's Anbar province a key battleground again

23 October, 2014

BAGHDAD: In recent weeks, the world has watched the battle to save Syria's border town of Kobani from Islamic State. But the radical jihadists have for longer been engulfing another strategically more vital target - Iraq's western Anbar province and its road to Baghdad.

The vast desert region - where Sunni tribes rose up in 2006 and 2007 to drive out al Qaeda with the Americans - has throughout 2014 been parcelled up, city by military camp, before the Iraqi governmen ... read more


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Australia extends additional aid to Iraq, Syria

CANBERRA: Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop announced on Wednesday that her country will provide an additional 15 million AU dollars ($13.1 million) for life-saving assistance to people in Iraq and Syria through the United Nations and other agencie

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